SEINFELD COSTUME GUIDES

Dress Like Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine, George, and Kramer with our Step-by-step DIY Costume Ideas

Seinfeld costume ideas

How to Dress Like the Seinfeld Cast

Seinfeld defined the live-audience sitcom as we now know it.

The most beloved ‘Show About Nothing’ was the linchpin of NBC’s Thursday night entertainment during the ’90s. The season finale alone drew over 76 million concurrent viewers, making it one of the most-watched episodes in television history.

Almost painfully 90s in its style, our Seinfeld costume ideas are designed to capture the essence of a bygone era. High-waisted trousers, ‘vintage’ shirts, and some of the biggest hair to ever be crammed onto a TV screen.

Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benis, Cosmo Kramer, and George Costanza, all make for peak 90s-themed costume ideas.

From Kramer’s retro lobster shirt to Jerry’s iconic puffy shirt, there’s something for everyone.

JERRY SEINFELD COSTUME

Jerry Seinfeld Puffy Shirt costume

1. PUFFY SHIRT – The focal point of this Seinfeld costume is his legendary ‘Puffy’ pirate shirt. This is why you can never trust a low-talker.

2. JEANS – Seinfeld was rarely seen wearing anything other than a pair of slim-fit dark denim jeans. A super easy outfit accessory that you might already own.

3. SHOES – Likewise, Seinfeld was a huge fan of casual sneakers. A regular pair of white trainers is all you need.

4. WIG – Like all the characters of Seinfeld, Jerry sports an outrageously 90’s mop of hair. A mullet or rocker-style wig is perfect for this look.

5. BELT – Get yourself a ranger belt with silver metalwork and your DIY Seinfeld costume is ready to go.

ABOUT THE PUFFY SHIRT COSTUME:

Which Jerry Seinfeld outfit is the most iconic? There can only be one: the puffy shirt.

The unfortunate result of a low-talker, Seinfeld was forced to wear the pirate-inspired attire on The Today Show in the season 5 episode: The Puffy Shirt.

Perhaps not something you want to wear during a charity benefit to clothe and feed the homeless. However, the puffy shirt is sure to help you stand out at your next 90s theme party.

Requiring just 5 accessories (with the shirt the only true essential) Seinfeld is also one of our easiest costume ideas.

Jerry Seinfeld Puffy Shirt costume

ABOUT THE PUFFY SHIRT COSTUME:

Which Jerry Seinfeld outfit is the most iconic? There can only be one: the puffy shirt.

The unfortunate result of a low-talker, Seinfeld was forced to wear the pirate-inspired attire on The Today Show in the season 5 episode: The Puffy Shirt.

Perhaps not something you want to wear during a charity benefit to clothe and feed the homeless. However, the puffy shirt is sure to help you stand out at your next 90s theme party.

Requiring just 5 accessories (with the shirt the only true essential) Seinfeld is also one of our easiest costume ideas.

ELAINE BENES COSTUME

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1. DRESS – Elaine Benes is the Queen of summer dresses. Get yourself a flowy maxi dress with a busy floral pattern and your Elaine outfit is already taking shape.

2. SHOES – Next, add a pair of cute flats or penny loafers for a comfortable yet stylish footwear option.

3. SOCKS – Who says you can’t wear full-length tube socks with a dress? If it’s good enough for Julia Louis-Dreyfus then it’s good enough for us!

4. WIG – ‘Higher, higher, Build a wall, a wall!’ Not to be outdone by the boys, Elaine’s hair is absolutely 90s-tastic and we are fully here for it.

5. EARRINGS – Complete your Elaine costume with your favorite pair of dangly earrings.

ABOUT ELAINE BENES:

Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) defined 90s-era fashion with her tailored blazers and floral dresses.

Do you think the summer dress craze is anything new? Dreyfus was rocking the quintessential summer-casual look over 30 years ago.

In an era when sitcom women were all-too-often treated as a half-realized afterthought, Elaine proved that a female character could hold her own alongside a male-centric cast. Her impeccable comedic timing, dry sense of humor, and down-to-earth persona cemented Elaine as an enduring and beloved character.

Although their relationship never quite took that next step during the show, Elaine and Jerry Seinfeld are still one of our favorite couple’s costume ideas.

ABOUT ELAINE BENES:

Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) defined 90s-era fashion with her tailored blazers and floral dresses.

Do you think the summer dress craze is anything new? Dreyfus was rocking the quintessential summer-casual look over 30 years ago.

In an era when sitcom women were all-too-often treated as a half-realized afterthought, Elaine proved that a female character could hold her own alongside a male-centric cast. Her impeccable comedic timing, dry sense of humor, and down-to-earth persona cemented Elaine as an enduring and beloved character.

Although their relationship never quite took that next step during the show, Elaine and Jerry Seinfeld are still one of our favorite couple’s costume ideas.

COSMO KRAMER COSTUME

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Kramer (Seinfeld) DIY costume

1.  SHIRT – Kramer’s lobster shirt is an icon in its own right. There are plenty of quality replicas to be found online. Get yourself one and your DIY costume is halfway done.

2. PANTS – Kramer frequently wore loose-fitting linen pants. He is a man of impeccable style and comfort, after all.

3. SHOES – Footwear is really up to you. We went for a regular pair of black oxford shoes for our costume, but loafers or mocassins are also great options.

4. SOCKS – Add a pair of full-length white tube socks.

5. CIGAR – No Kramer costume could be complete without a Cuban cigar to puff on. Just be careful you don’t burn down any cherished wooden cabins while partying.

6. WIG – Kramer’s hairstyle is as much a part of his character as his signature entrances. You will want the largest and curliest wig you can find for this one.

ABOUT COSMO KRAMER:

Cosmo Kramer is Seinfled’s next-door neighbor and quirky sidekick that everyone loves to love.

It’s no secret that his character received the greatest reception from the live audience each and every time he burst through a door. So much so that actor Michael Richards would complain about the often minutes-long applause he received, claiming that it impacted his ability to perform.

Can you blame the audience though? Although Kramer wore countless memorable outfits, it is his lobster shirt that makes for one of our funniest costume ideas.

Kramer (Seinfeld) DIY costume

ABOUT COSMO KRAMER:

Cosmo Kramer is Seinfled’s next-door neighbor and quirky sidekick that everyone loves to love.

It’s no secret that his character received the greatest reception from the live audience each and every time he burst through a door. So much so that actor Michael Richards would complain about the often minutes-long applause he received, claiming that it impacted his ability to perform.

Can you blame the audience though? Although Kramer wore countless memorable outfits, it is his lobster shirt that makes for one of our funniest costume ideas.

GEORGE COSTANZA COSTUME

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George Costanza DIY costume

1. SHIRT – George loved nothing more than a baggy flannel shirt. Start by grabbing yourself a plaid long-sleeve.

2. PANTS – Add a pair of khaki jeans in a loose fit. We think that a lighter brown works best for this outfit.

3. GLASSES – George wears a pair of gold wireframe glasses. Just make sure you don’t accidentally pick up some ladies’ frames!

4. BELT – Next, find yourself a regular brown leather belt with a gold or silver buckle.

5. WIG – Poor George, he might have been a completely different person if only he had a full head of hair. Finish your George Costanza costume with a quality balding wig.

ABOUT GEORGE COSTANZA:

‘Caan’t Staand Ya. Caan’t Staaand Ya!’

Which Seinfeld character do you relate to the most? Whether we like to admit it or not, many of us see more than a little of ourselves in George Costanza.

Constantly irritated, finding fault in every little thing, forever unsure of where our life is going.

Sound familiar?

Costanza was played by the classically-trained Jason Alexander, though his persona was based on Seinfeld’s longtime friend and fellow show writer, Larry David.

Hence why you see so much of Costanza’s personality in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

George Costanza DIY costume

ABOUT GEORGE COSTANZA:

‘Caan’t Staand Ya. Caan’t Staaand Ya!’

Which Seinfeld character do you relate to the most? Whether we like to admit it or not, many of us see more than a little of ourselves in George Costanza.

Constantly irritated, finding fault in every little thing, forever unsure of where our life is going.

Sound familiar?

Costanza was played by the classically-trained Jason Alexander, though his persona was based on Seinfeld’s longtime friend and fellow show writer, Larry David.

Hence why you see so much of Costanza’s personality in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

More DIY 'Seinfeld' Costume Ideas

Seinfeld set the standard for what a modern sitcom could be. Without overarching storylines or any character growth to speak of, Seinfeld still managed to make us fall in love with every single character.

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer all make for hilarious and easy DIY costume ideas that can be made at home with a few everyday outfit accessories.

Still in need of some extra inspiration? Check out all of the best homemade Seinfeld costumes that inspired our own step-by-step guides.